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Accordion Mini Books

Accordion Mini Books

I just got these today, and I’m in love! These Accordion Mini Books are the perfect gifts for parents and grandparents or for you to use as a brag book.

They are available in either a wallet size or 3×3 (shown). The covers are magnetic, so they stay closed nicely and come with a frosted slip cover. You can print on standard semi-gloss (shown), art linen, art watercolor, art recycled or pearl.

The covers can be customized, like the one shown, or one of the fabrics, leathers or suedes offered. I also have a ton of cute designs to customize for your session. They come in sets of 3, and are $50 / set.

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Erica Maternity Sneak Peak

Erica Maternity Sneak Peak

All I can say is WOW. At 38 weeks, she looks amazing. I’m not sure it’s fair, really.
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Obray Family

Obray Family

Oh, the adorableness (totally a word) of this family! These two little ones were so excited to run all around, we had to shoot fast. How much do you love their outfits?! Well done, Obray family – you’ve got style.

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I loved this session so much, I already have their Christmas Cards designed. Not that I’m hoping Christmas comes anytime soon. I mean, come one – it snowed 2 weeks ago. We’re finally getting some warm weather, here!

Want a summer family picture for you Christmas Cards? Call me! It’s perfect timing with all the moisture we’ve had this year for beautiful outdoor portraits.

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Get Lit! A Fabulous Dvd By Nick Adams

Get Lit! A Fabulous Dvd By Nick Adams

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I remember my first day on the job like it was yesterday. See, it was a huge step in my life. I was just 3 weeks out of high school, I had picked up and moved to a new city, and landed a killer job at the local newspaper as the photo technician.

I was hired by a soft-spoken man who’s demeanor demanded respect. He greeted me, then introduced me to the other photographer as well as the writers, editors, and other personnel that I would be working with during my night shift. We then sat down at the Photo Desk and in a very subdue voice, he explained my responsibilities and taught me the basic functions I was going to use in the software they used (I think it was like Photoshop 4 at the time, and coming from a completely analog, film and darkroom history, this was overwhelming!), showed me the dark room (phew, that’s more like home) and then watched me work for a while before he let me go for the night.

I was so excited and nervous, I had butterflies in my stomach all the way home.

I remember going home and telling everyone what an amazing teacher my new boss was. I told them how much I had learned in a few short hours. Things I never thought I would be able to do, but after he explained them, the fears melted away and they became second nature. I found myself dying to get back to work to learn more.

Of all the mentors in my life, Nick Adams continues to be one of my ultimate favorites, and I only got to spend one short year with him 13 years ago. (EEK! How time does fly.)

My journey with Nick unexpectedly continued recently. I came across his photo-blog a few months back and shot him off an email. It was so great to touch base with one of the great influencers in my life. He told me of his upcoming seminar at WPPI, which I was unable to attend due to a previously planned trip, but I immediately bought the DVD he recently made.

I literally just walked away from the TV 5 minutes ago after watching “Get Lit!” and wanted to share. YOU MUST BUY IT. If there is ever a DVD to buy to get you started, brush up your skills, or learn a few new tricks with lighting, it’s this one. Nick Adams continues to be a fabulous mentor – even if it is via DVD . I took 4 pages of notes, constantly pausing the DVD to finish writing, and I plan on watching it several more times. I can’t wait to get out there with my lights and put what he taught into practice.

True to form, Nick makes it easy to understand some complex lighting techniques with up to 4 lights. His approach is two fold: One – he talks about each concept and light set up, explaining the why’s and where’s, showing graphics with the layout of his lights. Two – cue to “On Location,” where he actually shows you the lighting set up with an actual model and then shows you the resulting image. What this 2-prong approach does for you, the photography student, is give your brain two completely different ways process the information making it easy to understand and implement.

What are you waiting for?! Order it now. HERE! It’s worth every penny. You’ll want to watch it over and over.

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Obrays – Tiniest Of Previews

Obrays – Tiniest Of Previews

I was so excited that my sister came to visit yesterday, and she even let me take her family pictures. Just one for now, to show off my gorgeous niece and nephew. More from their fun session later.

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Breathtaking

Breathtaking

This is part of the beautiful view I get from my front door. My neighbor across the street has the most breathtaking Wisteria that I calmly stare at all through the spring through our front window / door.

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Opposites

Opposites

Testing out some new lights and backdrop. My sweet little boy was all about helping me out – couldn’t wait to see the finished product. While my daughter, well….she’s a feisty one. Kinda like her mommy. 😉

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These ones just melt my heart.
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Jake Garn Workshop Take One

Jake Garn Workshop Take One

Get ready for a longer-than-usual post.

Seriously. I took SOOOOOOO many pictures.

This workshop was so much fun. I showed up late (not remembering that Layton was 45 minutes away, not 20) and slid into a seat in the back row. I hate being late. Plus I was a tad bit nervous.

This was my first workshop, and there were some pretty big names there, as far as photographers in Utah go. It was super exciting to meet and see in action Jake Garn (of course) and Ryan Muirhead (Jake’s right-hand man).

And what incredible models!!! Really, I can’t take any credit at all for these images. These girls were so amazing, and the workshop was run so smoothly, that all I had to do was dial in my camera, attach my pocket wizard, and hit the button.

The stylists were out of control. Seriously. These people are amazing.
Makeup: Paula Dahlberg
Hair: Steven Robertson
Wardrobe: Michelle Boucher

Here are a few of my favorite images, and there are many, many more that I just haven’t had time to edit.

What a freaking blast.

I mean, come on! Samantha Law, you are breathtaking!
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Oh yeah, you saw that right. She was pulling out the scorpion and other crazy moves, holding them for 15-20 minutes while we shot. The girl rocks.

The beautiful AnnaStajsza Shields:
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Kara Arnold:
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The incredibly beautiful and bendable Ashlé Hansey:
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Here she is with Ryan:
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KristiAnn Dupaix was so FUN! Personality for days:
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This was in the dressing room. I couldn’t resist. 🙂
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And the breathtaking Macy Chapman:
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So fun! More to come.
Thanks for stopping by.

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Tanner – Olympus High School Senior

Tanner – Olympus High School Senior

Tanner was the first person to welcome us to our new street when we moved into our house. He knocked on the door, said his welcomes and offered up his Mom’s services should we need anything. I remember it like it was yesterday – I was stricken. He was this adorable 7-year old, who was clearly not intimidated by anyone, spoke like he was 10 years older than he really was, and just completely charming. Now he’s all grown up – graduating from Olympus High and headed off to follow his dreams of dental school.

Tanner is all smiles, all the time. It took a lot of concentration to look serious.
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What We Were Up Against

What We Were Up Against

I came across this when I was organizing all my RAW images. Laughed so hard, I had to share.

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